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  Sal Acevedo
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified 
BA Business Management, Millikin University
Former Assistant Coach Elgin Community College

"I enjoy the day to day interactions and seeing the growth in the players that I coach.  It is a privilege to instill a life long passion for the game with my players." 

Playing Experience:
Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois
Elgin Community College, Captain
Campton United
St. Charles North High School
Captain of the Team
Favorite Sports Teams:
Chivas, USMNT





Eddie Barnes

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified 
BA in Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Eastern Illinois University 

"The most rewarding part of coaching is seeing a player develop his/her skills year after year
 knowing you had a hand in their success"

Playing Experience:
Eastern Illinois University
Prospect High School
Awards-SCAA All-Midwest team, All-Sectional, All Conference, All-State team, Daily Herald All State
Mid-Suburban League-MSL East Player of the Year
Favorite Sports Teams:
FC Barcelona, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears
 
Matt Brant

USSF National Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified 
BA in Sports Management Loras College

"Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all love of what you are doing.  As a coach, I want inspire my players and pass on these values so they can find success on and off the field."

Playing Experience:
Loras College
NCAA Division III National Championship-Finalists
2 time NCAA Division III Final Four
IIAC Conference Champions
Hersey High School
4 year Varsity Player
Favorite Sports Teams:
USMNT, Blackhawks





Stephen Brust

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Administration of Criminal Justice-Bradley University

"As a coach, I enjoying connecting with players and sharing my passion and competitive spirit.  I want to inspire my players, help them realize their potential, and teach them how to be apart of a team and play for each other."

Playing Experience:
Major Indoor Soccer League-MISL-Chicago Storm
Professional Developmental League-MDL-Michigan Bucks
Bradley University
2006 NCAA Tournament Elite 8, Missouri Valley Conference Championship 2006
Hersey High School
All Conference, All Sectional, Daily Herald All Area
Favorite Sports Team:
Wisconsin Badgers Basketball Team






Erika Butler

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA Loyola University
Former Student Assistant Coach Loyola University Women's Team 

"I want to lead, inspire and help players accomplish their goals on and off the field. I love the game of soccer and I enjoy making kids better players and individuals"

Playing Experience:
Loyola University 
All Midwestern Collegiate Conference-MCC Team
Fremd High School
Daily Herald All Area Team, All Conference, Daily Herald All-Academic Team
Fremd High School "Athlete of the Year"
Illinois ODP State Team Player
Ela Alliance-3 Illinois State Cup Championships
Favorite Sports Teams:
Manchester United, Women's National Team, Ohio State Football
 
 
Kelly Calandro
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Radio/TV/Film-Northwestern University

"I really enjoy coaching, teaching, and being a positive role model for my players."

Playing Experience:
Northwestern University
4 year player-started all 4 years
All Big Ten Academic Team
All-Freshman Team
Conant High School
2004 all-state honoree, Four-time Daily Herald All-Area, Honorary captain of Daily Herald 2004 All-Area Team, Four-time all-sectional and All-Mid Suburban League West, Three-time Pioneer Press All-Section, Two-time Great Northwest Player, Helped team to 2001 conference, Two-year IHSA Mid-Suburban League Scholastic Achievement Award, 2004 Mid-Suburban League All-Academic Senior Athlete Award recipient, Conant Academic Achievement Award
Conant Athlete of the Year
Sockers FC-2 Illinois State Cup Championships, 2 runner up
Illinois ODP Player
Favorite Sports Teams:
Women's USA National Team
 

 
Kyle Cardiel
USSF Coaching License
DePaul University, MS Computer Science
Drake University, BS Actuarial Science
Buffalo Grove High School

“Coaching provides me the opportunity to positively effect kids lives through one of my greatest passions. I look forward to seeing players develop and grow "

Playing Experience

Buffalo Grove High School
Favorite teams:
Bears, USMNT, Blackhawks, Manchester United
 
 
Markus Fiordaliso
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Loyola University, BA Finance/Economics
Buffalo Grove High School

"As a former division I soccer player I have learned the significance of hard work and determination. As a result, I have become a driven individual who strives to be successful in all aspects.I want to share my passion for soccer with my players but more importantly I want to help teach life skills in training and games that can be applied off the field.

Playing Experience
Loyola University Division I
Buffalo Grove High School(2 time All Conference, 2 time Daily Herald All Area, 2 time All Sectional, 2x Team MVP)
Grove United SC
Favorite teams:
BvB, USMNT, Chicago Bulls
 
 

Ross Felten
USSF "National C" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
University of Illinois, Chicago-Graphic Design
Children's book Illustrator

"I truly enjoy the opportunity to teach my players the game.  I aim to be a positive influence as their coach and enjoy the relationships that are built through the season with my players and parents.  I want to challenge my players, keep their love for the game,and help them through adversity."

Playing Experience:
University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC)
Chicago Fire PDL
Olympic Development Program-ODP team
Campton United, Glenbard West High School

Favorite Sports Team;
USMNT, Chicago Fire







John Fox

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Santa Clara University
Teacher at London Middle School
Former Head coach at Ingraham High School in Seattle

"Coaching includes so many great elements. I love teaching kids to do something well and seeing how much fun they have as they become better.  Being around a game that has been such a part of my life is constantly rewarding when I see young players develop this same passion"

Playing Experience:
Santa Clara University Club Soccer
Columbia Eagles Soccer Club-Seattle
Favorite Sports Team:
US Mens National Team, Oakland Raiders
 
Matt Hamnett

English FA License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified 
USSF National Coaching License
20 years coaching experience
Former Coach-FC-1, Ela Elite

"My goal as a coach is to focus on all-round development of young people with soccer being the vehicle used to develop life skills that extend beyond the game; an environment in which young players can reach their full potential and achieve the positive self-esteem necessary to be successful both on and off the field."

Playing Experience
Professional playing experience with the Chicago Stingers and Halifax Town AFC, English D3. Youth playing experience with York City, English D2.
Favorite Sports Team:




Julie Johnston

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Communications-Western Michigan University

"It's rewarding to help kids improve as individuals and as a team. I also like knowing I have been a positive influence in laying a foundation for their future in athletics."

Playing Experience:
Western Michigan University
Michigan Hawks S.C.
Lakeview High School
Team Captain 2 years, All city 4 years, All city captain 3 years, All conference 2 years, All state 2 years, Team won city championship 4 years
Team won regionals 3 years
Favorite Sports Team:
Manchester City








Tom Johnston

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Penn State University 

"I believe players play their best when having fun. I love seeing individual players improve as a result of well-designed training sessions and apply their skills in games. I hope to be a good influence in their lives"

Playing Experience:
1995-1998 Penn State University
1995-1996 Big Ten Scholar Athlete Award, 
Hersey High School
All Conference, Daily Herald All Area
Chicago Pegasus SC-5 Illinois State Cup Championships
Favorite Sports Team:
Tottenham Hotspur, Chicago Blackhawks









Jessica Kaiz
 
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BS Communications-Illinois State University
MS ISU-Sciences and Disorders
Speech and Language Pathologist, District 25

"Coaching soccer sets a framework for athletes as they continue in soccer as well as their life. It provides opportunities for athletes to make decisions and withold responsibilities"

Playing Experience:
Southeast Missouri State University
2005-2006 Ohio Valley Conference Champions, 2006 NCAA Appearance, 2005-2006 Ohio Valley’s Commissioners Honor Roll
2005-2008 Southeast Missouri State University Scholar Athlete
Illinois State University
2007 Missouri Valley Conference Champions
Buffalo Grove High School
2004 Conference Champions, 2003-2005 All Conference, 2002-2005 All Sectional
2003-2005 All Area, 2004/2005 MSL East Player of the Year
Eclipse Soccer Club-3 MRL Championships, 2 regional Championships, 2 Illinois State Cup Championships, 2 National Finals
Favorite Sports Teams:
Arsenal
 
Kathryn Korff

USSF "National D" Coaching Licence
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Former Staff Coach at Illinois FC, Champaign-Urbana, IL 
BS-University of Illinois, Architecture 

"Coaching soccer provides me an opportunity to pass along not only a passion for the game but a medium through which a young player can strengthen their mind and body. It goes much deeper than kicking a ball around on the field and that growth is what I want to encourage. Coaching with Elite is an opportunity for me to pass on what I've learned from this program- not only as an Elite SC player but as a young adult."  

Playing Experience:
Chicago Red Stars Reserves-WPSL
Hersey High School
4 year varsity player
MSL Conference Player of the Year
All Conference, All Area, All Sectional, Team Captain
Other Sports-4 year varsity Basketball Player, State Qualifier-Swimming
Favorite Sports Teams:
Bears, Hawks, PSG







Jeff Kusiciel 

GK Coach
NSCAA GK Diploma Level 1 & 2
BS-Kinesiology-University of Illinois at Chicago

"Coaching provides me an opportunity to give back to a sport which has provided me with many great memories and valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication. It is also exciting to contribute toward creating better culture, understanding, and quality for the sport in this country"

Playing Experience:
Schwaben AC Mens First Team
1999-2001 University of Illinois at Chicago
Prospect High School
All Conference, All Sectional, Daily Herald All Area
Illinois ODP Player
Green and White Soccer Club
Favorite Sports Team:
Manchester United, Chicago Blackhawks
 
Geoffrey Layne

USSF "National D" License
NSCAA "National Youth License"
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Former Staff Coach-Scotch/Fanwood Soccer Association-New Jersey, Palatine Celtic Soccer Association, Soccer in the Streets-Inner city program, FC Chicago, Alithsa Soccer Club  
30 years coaching experience

"Provide a training environment that will help players gain fundamental skill necessary to become the best they can be at “The beautiful game of soccer.” 

Playing Experience:

Blue Stars Soccer Club-New York (semi-pro) Blackhawks Soccer Club-Trinidad & Tobago Splitfire-Trinidad & Tobago

Texaco Sports Club-Trinidad & Tobago WestHam-Trinidad & Tobago
St. Benedicts College-Trinidad & Tobago 

 Silver medalist in the Pan American Game representing Trinidad & Tobago 

Favorite Sports Team:
Barcelona

 
Brian McBride
USSF "National B" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
St. Louis University
US Soccer  "Hall of Fame" 
Buffalo Grove High School

Playing Experience: 
Career Highlights Click Here
3 World Cups for the USMNT
USMNT-95 CAPS, 30 international goals
Fulham, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew
Favorite Sports Team:
USMNT










Matt Meyer

USSF "National D" Coaching License
NSCAA National
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Spanish-Augustana College
MA-Education-North Park University
Former Assistant Coach North Park University
2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher, Collins Elementary, Schaumburg

"Soccer is the world's most popular game. I believe in that fact that each day you step on the practice or game pitch is an opportunity to improve and play the game you love."

Playing Experience:
Augustana College
Team Captain, CCIW All Conference, Team MVP
Schaumburg High School
4-Year Varsity Starter, 3 time ALL Conference, 2 time, ALL Sectional, Chicago Tribune All-State, team captain
Elk Grove Arsenal
Chicago Fire U23
Favorite Sports Teams:
Arsenal, Chicago Blawkhawks
 

Maggie Moran

USSF Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified

IHSA Coach certified

Elementary/Special Education- Lewis University

 

“As a coach, I want my players to excel in every aspect of their life on and off the field through playing this sport. My passion for the game will help each player grow as individuals and as team players while creating a fun atmosphere. I want to guide my players through this journey and show them success comes from hard work and focus.”

 

Playing Experience

Lewis University:

NCAA Tournament 2012, 2014, 2015

Captain senior year, All GLVC – third/second/first team (First Team Selection since 1997)

All Region second team, Academic All GLVC team, Voted MVP junior/senior year, Voted Forward of the year senior year

Delahanty Award (student athletes)

Rolling Meadows High School

All conference/All area junior & senior year

Favorite sports team

USWNT, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks

   

Gonzo Nunez 

USSF "D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Harper Junior College 

University of Illinois at Chicago

“Coaching provides me with the opportunity to teach life lesson that players can apply on and off the pitch. This sport has provided me with amazing memories and valuable skills that will continue to grow throughout my coaching career.”


Playing Experience: 

 Harper College – Captain, 1st Team All-Regional

Grove United Soccer Association
Adlai E. Stevenson High School-All-Conference

Favorite Sports Team:

FC Barcelona, Chelsea F.C., Chicago Bulls 

 
Chris Olson

USSF "National D" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Youth Exercise Specialist
Elite Perfomance Coach
BA-Denison University-Spanish

"Soccer is a simple game with an extremely simple objective.  However, that doesn't necessarily make it easy.  Finding a way to make the game as easy as it is simple is the ultimate challenge in our sport.  What shouldn't be a challenge is maintaining the high level of joy that initially roped us in."

Playing Experience:
Denison University
Rolling Meadows HS
Chicago Sockers FC
Favorite Sports Team:

Chicago Blackhawks

F.C. Barcelona



              

Christina Peterson

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA English-Augustana College
MS-Secondary Education-Trinity International
MS-Special Education-Northeastern University
Special Education Teacher at Deerfield HS

"My favorite aspect of coaching is being able to see the growth in each of my players: their technical skill, their understanding of teamwork, and their love for the game. I try to instill life lessons in my players to help them both on and off the field" 

Playing Experience:
Augustana College
2 NCAA appearances, 2 Conference Championships
Larkin High School
Elite 8, All Conference
Favorite Sports Team:
Chicago Fire, White Sox
 



Josh Robinson
USSF "D" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
IHSA Certified Coach
Metea Valley Varsity Boys Head Coach
14 years Coaching Experience
History Teacher-Metea Valley
BA, University of Illinois, Chicago

"My favorite aspect of coaching is building relationships with my players and families.  As we go through the journey together, I want my players to understand hopes and dreams will never improve their skills.  I believe the right actions and commitment always will.  The idea of "goal getting" over "goal setting" is what I want my players to embrace."

Playing Experience
NCAA Division I, University of Illinois, Chicago
Horizon League Academic Honor Roll
Horizon League Conference Champion, NCAA Sweet 16
St Charles High School:  MVP while earning Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune Second Team All-State accolades.  Was also selected to the Daily Herald's All-Area Team, the Upstate Eight All-Conference squad and the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team

Favorite Sports Teams
Barcelona, Chicago Cubs




Andy Steele

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
University of Wisconsin 
Teacher at London Middle School

Playing Experience:
University of Wisconsin
1995 NCAA National Champions
Buffalo Grove High School
All Conference, MSL Player of the Year, Honorary Captain Daily Herald All Area, All- Sectional, All-State
Illinois ODP Player
USA Regional Team
Sockers FC, Illinois State Cup Champions, Regional Champions
Favorite Sports Team:
US Men's National Team

















Coaching Experience: Originally from Arlington Heights, Ill., Eitz attended Hersey High School, holds a "B" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and is a USSF National team scout.  Eitz oversees the college recruiting support for Elite Soccer and works directly with the Elite S.C. high school boys and girls programs.  Also a very active member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Eitz is a certified PCA trainer within the Chicago area. 

Former Loyola University Head Men's Soccer coach.  Since taking over the reigns in 2005, Eitz has claimed two Horizon League Tournament titles, one regular-season league title and has coached 17 first or second team all-league selections, adding two more to his resume last season.

The winningest coach in Loyola women's soccer history, Eitz led his 2003 squad to the program's first Horizon League Championship and first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. That season, Loyola capped a Cinderella run through the Horizon League Tournament, becoming the first-ever No. 7 seed to claim the postseason title. Winning the championship at Loyola Soccer Park with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Detroit made it more enjoyable. Along the way, the Ramblers equaled a then-school record by posting seven shutouts en route to a then-school-record 10 victories. Eitz coached three of his players to All-Horizon League honors in 2003. Eitz's charges used the tournament title as a building block, posting their first winning season in 2004 by recording a 9-7-4 mark before bowing out in the Horizon League semifinals on penalty kicks against top-seeded Milwaukee.

Success for Eitz and the Loyola women's soccer program was plentiful both on and off the field. Under Eitz's guidance on the field, 19 Ramblers earned all-conference accolades and 14 Loyola players earned all-newcomer team honors, including the 2003 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. In the classroom, 11 student-athletes were selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in 2002 for having cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.25 and the 2003 squad posted the highest GPA (3.28) of any women's team at Loyola during the 2003-04 academic year.

Playing Experience:  As a student-athlete, Eitz excelled both as a soccer player and as a member of the track team at Loyola. Playing at center back and forward, he scored nine goals and dished out three assists for 21 career points. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Loyola in 1995.  Eitz played his youth soccer for the Arlington Aces.

Personal:   He resides in Arlington Heights with his wife Tory and their daughters, Ellie and Nora


















Coaching Experience: Originally from Arlington Heights, Ill., Eitz attended Hersey High School, holds a "B" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and is a USSF National team scout.  Eitz oversees the college recruiting support for Elite Soccer and works directly with the Elite S.C. high school boys and girls programs.  Also a very active member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Eitz is a certified PCA trainer within the Chicago area. 

Former Loyola University Head Men's Soccer coach.  Since taking over the reigns in 2005, Eitz has claimed two Horizon League Tournament titles, one regular-season league title and has coached 17 first or second team all-league selections, adding two more to his resume last season.

The winningest coach in Loyola women's soccer history, Eitz led his 2003 squad to the program's first Horizon League Championship and first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. That season, Loyola capped a Cinderella run through the Horizon League Tournament, becoming the first-ever No. 7 seed to claim the postseason title. Winning the championship at Loyola Soccer Park with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Detroit made it more enjoyable. Along the way, the Ramblers equaled a then-school record by posting seven shutouts en route to a then-school-record 10 victories. Eitz coached three of his players to All-Horizon League honors in 2003. Eitz's charges used the tournament title as a building block, posting their first winning season in 2004 by recording a 9-7-4 mark before bowing out in the Horizon League semifinals on penalty kicks against top-seeded Milwaukee.

Success for Eitz and the Loyola women's soccer program was plentiful both on and off the field. Under Eitz's guidance on the field, 19 Ramblers earned all-conference accolades and 14 Loyola players earned all-newcomer team honors, including the 2003 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. In the classroom, 11 student-athletes were selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in 2002 for having cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.25 and the 2003 squad posted the highest GPA (3.28) of any women's team at Loyola during the 2003-04 academic year.

Playing Experience:  As a student-athlete, Eitz excelled both as a soccer player and as a member of the track team at Loyola. Playing at center back and forward, he scored nine goals and dished out three assists for 21 career points. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Loyola in 1995.  Eitz played his youth soccer for the Arlington Aces.

Personal:   He resides in Arlington Heights with his wife Tory and their daughters, Ellie and Nora


















Coaching Experience: Originally from Arlington Heights, Ill., Eitz attended Hersey High School, holds a "B" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and is a USSF National team scout.  Eitz oversees the college recruiting support for Elite Soccer and works directly with the Elite S.C. high school boys and girls programs.  Also a very active member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Eitz is a certified PCA trainer within the Chicago area. 

Former Loyola University Head Men's Soccer coach.  Since taking over the reigns in 2005, Eitz has claimed two Horizon League Tournament titles, one regular-season league title and has coached 17 first or second team all-league selections, adding two more to his resume last season.

The winningest coach in Loyola women's soccer history, Eitz led his 2003 squad to the program's first Horizon League Championship and first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. That season, Loyola capped a Cinderella run through the Horizon League Tournament, becoming the first-ever No. 7 seed to claim the postseason title. Winning the championship at Loyola Soccer Park with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Detroit made it more enjoyable. Along the way, the Ramblers equaled a then-school record by posting seven shutouts en route to a then-school-record 10 victories. Eitz coached three of his players to All-Horizon League honors in 2003. Eitz's charges used the tournament title as a building block, posting their first winning season in 2004 by recording a 9-7-4 mark before bowing out in the Horizon League semifinals on penalty kicks against top-seeded Milwaukee.

Success for Eitz and the Loyola women's soccer program was plentiful both on and off the field. Under Eitz's guidance on the field, 19 Ramblers earned all-conference accolades and 14 Loyola players earned all-newcomer team honors, including the 2003 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. In the classroom, 11 student-athletes were selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in 2002 for having cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.25 and the 2003 squad posted the highest GPA (3.28) of any women's team at Loyola during the 2003-04 academic year.

Playing Experience:  As a student-athlete, Eitz excelled both as a soccer player and as a member of the track team at Loyola. Playing at center back and forward, he scored nine goals and dished out three assists for 21 career points. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Loyola in 1995.  Eitz played his youth soccer for the Arlington Aces.

Personal:   He resides in Arlington Heights with his wife Tory and their daughters, Ellie and Nora



Dan Reynolds

USSF "National D" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
NSCAA National license 
USSF Youth U8-U10 & U10-U12 modules
Harper-Communications Degree

" The opportunity to instruct young competitive players to build their self-confidence, guide them through the steps to progress and develop skills, while having FUN around the beautiful game of soccer is an AWESOME joy for me as a coach. Providing a safe soccer environment to try your best, be encouraged for effort, and learn the strengths a young player has to offer, while having FUN are sound life lessons. Allow mistakes to grow, educate about the choices to make and praise for the successes obtained (more than just a goal) from effort."

Playing Experience:
Harper Junior College
Wheeling HS-MSL Soccer Bowl Title
Real FC57-State Cup Champions
Favorite Sports Team:
FC Barcelona 
 
Paul Reynolds
USSF "National D" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
20 years coaching experience
Former Staff Coach-Palatine Celtic

"I find great joy in developing players and teaching life lessons through soccer.  I also enjoy the life long relationships with my players and their families over the years."

Playing Experience:
Favorite Sports Team:
FC Barcelona 






Jenna Samp

USSF "National D" Coaching License
NSCAA National Diploma
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BS-University of Wisconsin-Whitewater-Physical Education, Health
Former BASA/FCX Staff Coach
Teacher at Eisenhower Elementary 

"My coaching creates a positive learning environment to foster the growth of my players through my knowledge, experience, and resources to make each player on my team successful and confident.  I love the game and that is what I try to instill on my players to enjoy, grow, and develop as individuals on and off the field."

Playing Experience:
UW-Whitewater-Most Valuable Defensive Player, ll Conference 2007-2011, Most Valuable Defensive Player 2009-2011, WIAC Player of the Week 2009 & 2011, WIAC Conference Champions 2011, 2011 All-Academic Athlete Award, 
Celtic S.C.-2 MRL Championship, 1 Regional Championship, 2 State Cup, 1 National Finalists
Palatine HS-4 year varsity player, All Conference, 2007 Barrington Merit Award
Favorite Sports Team:
USWNT
Blackhawks




Gabe Soto
USSF "National" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BS-Illinois State University
MA-Concordia University
Physical Education Teacher District 102
 
“I strive to create an environment that fosters individual player growth, while also developing an understanding of the importance of team play.  Soccer has taught me so much on and off the pitch, and I hope my players can learn the same valuable lessons I’ve experienced.”
 
Playing Experience:
Illinois State University Club Soccer
Wheeling High School. - 2 time All-Conference
Eclipse Select
Real F.C.
Favorite Sports Team:
Arsenal
 

Phil Stephens 

NSCAA’s Advance National Diploma

NSCAA’s Director of Coaching course
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified

Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma

NSCAA’s National Diploma
USSF "National D" License
CAA's GK 1 & 2

Illinois Youth Soccer Goal Keeper training course

National Youth “Y” License, US Youth Soccer,

USSF North Texas State Soccer Association National “D” License
Master’s Degree in Coaching Education, Ohio University, Projected Spring 2014 Graduation
Masters of Science, Financial Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 1996
Bachelors of Science, Business Management, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL 1986


"I feel it's both an honor and great responsibility to lead and guide athletes through the sport of soccer.  What a great opportunity to teach life lessons!  I love seeing the players grow both individually and as a team."

Favorite Sports Team:
Tottenham Hotspurts
   

John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD, CC-ASSP, CSCS

Clinical Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Elite S.C. Sport Psychology Consultant

John is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is an AASP certified and practicing sports psychology consultant. He played and coached international rugby league and rugby union and has coached and consulted at the community, state and national levels in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States in soccer, rugby, curling, triathlon, equine sports, swimming, softball, tennis and dog handling. His sport psychology experience includes NCAA teams; Team USA Vancouver Olympics, USA Rugby, Rugby Canada, Equestrian Canada, Army ROTC, medical teams and Fortune 1000 companies. He is a member of the U.S Olympic Sport Psychology Registry. John holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF B license with experience coaching youth, high school and ODP soccer. He played soccer for his home town’s youth team Dover Athletic FC and Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education. John has published several articles on mental skills training and the integration of mental and physical/technical training for soccer.  

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